Get strong if you want to live longer.

Most exercise recommendations mention muscle strength as an afterthought. Aerobic exercise strengthens the cardiovascular system, protects the heart and blood vessels from disease, and reduces the risk of heart attack and heart –related sudden death.

A 19 year old study of 8,762 men aged 20 to 80 conducted at the Karolinska institute in Sweden found that men with the highest levels of strength were less likely to die each year from heart disease, cancer or any other cause. The men received medical exams and physical fitness tests and their status was re-evaluated nearly 20 years later.

Greater strength reduced the risk of death from all causes by 32 percent, 50 percent from heart attack and 32 percent from cancer compared to the weakest one third of the men.

Increasing strength might make you live longer and increase the quality of life.

Weight training should not however be a substitute for aerobic exercise. You should do both.

Have a good one and see you next time.